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Angela (Brigid) Lansbury - Early life, Career, Filmography, Broadway Stage Performances, Awards

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Actress, born in London, UK. Evacuated to the USA in 1940, she became a US citizen in 1951. Her role in Gaslight (1944, Oscar nomination) led to a contract with MGM, and she appeared in such films as National Velvet (1944) and Samson and Delilah (1949). Later, she made many more films, including The Manchurian Candidate (1963, Oscar nomination), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), and Death on the Nile (1978). She made her Broadway stage debut in Hotel Paradiso (1957), and appeared in several musicals, such as Gypsy (1974) and Sweeney Todd (1979). She also achieved success in the role of Jessica Fletcher in the long-running TV mystery series Murder She Wrote (1984–95). In 1991 she won a new generation of fans as the voice of the housekeeper teapot in Disney's animated musical film Beauty and the Beast. Her first film for a number of years, Nanny McPhee, appeared in 2005. She received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for lifetime achievement in film in 2003.

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